Monday, August 17, 2015

My Top Ten Always-Want-to-Read Authors

I'm linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for another Top Ten Tuesday.

This week's topic is actually which authors' books you'll automatically buy, but I stopped buying books a long time ago except in rare instances (like a book club read that I can't get from the library). So instead, these are the authors, when I hear they have a new book out, I'll add it to my to-read list regardless of the topic or genre and may even put it on hold at the library immediately.

1. Nadia Bolz-Weber
Her first book, Pastrix, was beyond amazing, and I can't wait for Accidental Saints to be released next month. Her brutal honesty and raw faith is sorely needed in the world of Christian publishing.

2. Vanessa Diffenbaugh
The Language of Flowers is my favorite book of all time, and Modern Mrs. Darcy recently clued me in that Diffenbaugh has finally released another book, We Never Asked for Wings, that comes out today. Sign me up!

3. John Green
I became a Nerdfighter way back in 2007, so I'd read Looking for Alaska and An Abundance of Katherines before Paper Towns even came out (which I stayed up late reading the day I got it), and then I preordered The Fault in Our Stars in late 2011. I'm glad he takes his time with each book and has a trusted editor, because the recent media craze around the movies based on his books means stuff will easily sell just because it has his name slapped on it. (Case in point: This Star Won't Go Out, which deserved way more thoughtful editing than it got.)

4. Rachel Held Evans
I've been a longtime reader of her blog, and though I've only read A Year of Biblical Womanhood, I have Faith Unraveled on my shelf and her latest, Searching for Sunday, on my to-read list. I've met her in person a few times and she is as funny and gracious in person as she is in her writing.

5. Khaled Hosseini
After the heartwrenching pair of books that was The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, I probably wouldn't have picked up And the Mountains Echoed if not for my book club, and I would have hugely missed out. I will definitely give his next book a chance.

6. Barbara Kingsolver
Kingsolver has written some of my very favorite books, including The Poisonwood Bible, The Bean Trees, and her nonfiction/memoir Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, which led to my becoming a vegetarian. I was less impressed with Flight Behavior, but I'm more than willing to give her another shot.

7. Marie Kondō
In case I haven't mentioned like 5 million times how much I love The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up — I do. Kondō has a number of other books that haven't yet been translated into English (though there's one forthcoming in December), and now that she's expecting her first child I would imagine she will want to share some firsthand advice on decluttering with children.

8. Liane Moriarty
Moriarty stunned me with how much I loved What Alice Forgot, and she cemented herself as one of my favorite authors with Big Little Lies. I'm a little hesitant to pick up her other books that haven't been rated as highly, but I'm pretty sure I'll end up trying The Husband's Secret, and I'll definitely read whatever comes out next.

9. J.K. Rowling / Robert Galbraith
As I shared last week, I've read basically every book Rowling's written (under either name), and I was very excited to hear how many more books are planned for the Cormoran Strike series.

10. Jenny Wingfield
I loved her debut novel, The Homecoming of Samuel Lake, and I've been waiting for her to write something since! This is another one where her first book was so good that I'm almost afraid to pick up anything else she writes... but I'll do it anyway. Unfortunately I can't find any evidence that she's planning to release another book in the future, and it looks like she's been off social media since 2013.

Who are your absolutely-will-read-their-next-book authors?

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